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Old 7/30/17, 1:40 PM
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Default Texas reporting requirements?

Although I know they're different from many states, I'm not really familiar with the Texas requirements. Do you have to fill out the Texas checklist form (photo), and do you then supply a typical software-generated report in addition to that?
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Old 7/30/17, 2:38 PM
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Although I know they're different from many states, I'm not really familiar with the Texas requirements. Do you have to fill out the Teas checklist form (photo), and do you then supply a typical software-generated report in addition to that?
It's not really a "checklist form". Each of the boxes are an indicator of how that section/subsection performed overall. Underneath each subsection are the issues found for that subsection.

The REI 7-5 is the required format for the actual inspection report that is provided to the client. Some slight changes can be made to it but those changes do nothing really to change this format.

Any reporting software vendor that sells to Texas Inspectors should be using this exact format for their auto generated report program. I say they should because TREC does not care what a software vendor sells the Inspector. TREC only cares what the Inspector provides the client. If an Inspector uses a non-compliant format due to their software vendor's product TREC is not going after the vendor but WILL go after the Inspector.



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Old 7/30/17, 7:04 PM
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Although I know they're different from many states, I'm not really familiar with the Texas requirements. Do you have to fill out the Teas checklist form (photo), and do you then supply a typical software-generated report in addition to that?
Hey Kenton,

Inspectors must use the promulgated form in compliance with the Texas occupational code

§535.223 Standard Inspection Report Form

The inspector has a lot of latitude to extend the form, so long as he stays within the scope of what is OK to change. Basically, the boilerplate, major sections, check boxes and section number must remain in tact. The inspector can add subsections, cover pages, addenda, etc. within that framework.

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3. An inspector may make the following changes to the standard form:
1. delete the line for name and license number, of the sponsoring inspector, if the inspection was performed solely by a professional inspector;
2. change the typeface; provided that it is no smaller than a 10 point font;
3. change the color of the typeface and checkboxes;
4. use legal sized (8-1/2" by 14") paper;
5. add a cover page to the report form;
6. add footers to each page of the report except the first page and may add headers to each page of the report;
7. place the property identification and page number at either the top or bottom of the page;
8. add subheadings under items, provided that the numbering of the standard items remains consistent with the standard form;
9. list other items in the corresponding appropriate section of the report form and additional captions, letters, and check boxes for those items;
10. delete inapplicable subsections of Section VI., Optional Systems, and re-letter any remaining subsections;
11. delete Subsection L., Other, of Section I., Structural Systems; Subsection E., Other of Section IV, Plumbing Supply, Distribution Systems and Fixtures and Subsection I., Other of Section V., Appliances;
12. as the inspector deems necessary:
1. allocate such space for comments in:
1. the "Additional Information Provided by the Inspector" section; and
2. each section provided for comments for each inspected item;
2. attach additional pages of comments; or
3. both;
13. include a service agreement/inspection contract or contractual terms between the inspector and a client with the standard form under the "Additional Information Provided by the Inspector" section or as an attachment to the standard form; and
14. attach additional pages to the form if:
1. it is necessary to report the inspection of a component, or system not contained in the standard form; or
2. the space provided on the form is inadequate for a complete reporting of the Inspection.
The two red lines allow for significant expansion over the required components of the report.

IIRC HomeGauge's default HTML based reports are not TREC compliant due to pagination, but the pdf outputted ones are. HG users can deliver both to the client so long as the "official" one is compliant.



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Old 7/31/17, 12:00 AM
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To your question, no, you do not have to provide the "checklist" form and narrative report separately.

Every inspection software inspection package I have looked (at least half-a-dozen) has an option for the Texas report format. It doesn't change the way you use the program (very much), just the appearance of the report.

For instance, I use HomeHubZone, which uses a room-by-room approach for inputting information (deficiencies and observations), and then collates that information into the major systems in the Texas report.

You will have fewer design options, but that's the way it goes.




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Old 8/8/17, 12:28 AM
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The Devil is in the Standards, not the form.

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Old 8/8/17, 7:16 AM
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The Devil is in the Standards, not the form.
Yes, the fairly ordered nature of the form is not the issue. The issue is long, long ago when TREC decided to kill the IAC and then rebuild it the SOP has gone to crap!! You, Strahan, and the rest of the crew on the IAC were well on their way to cleaning things up and TREC decided to end that!



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